With Ohio’s part-time Treasurer struggling to last a week without being forced to address a new legal or ethical violation, Josh Mandel and outside groups are launching numerous false and misleading attacks against Senator Sherrod Brown. But whether the ads echo Josh Mandel’s support for a plan to end Medicare as we know it, or his refusal to sign onto a plan that would lower the deficit by ending massive tax breaks for Big Oil, they all have one thing in common. The attacks are false, misleading and have been blasted by non-partisan, independent fact-check organizations as “ridiculous,” and “inaccurate.”
- Josh Mandel’s Pants On Fire: Josh Mandel’s desperate attempt to link Sherrod Brown to isolated inappropriate acts by protestors was blasted by PolitiFact Ohio who argued that“no such evidence exists,” and the situation was “quite the opposite, in fact.” Mandel’s claim was so pathetic that Politifact gave him a “PANTS ON FIRE” rating, concluding that Mandel’s “statement is not accurate and also makes a ridiculous claim.”
- 60 Plus & Pat Boone’s Pants On Fire: In a failed attempt to hide the fact that Josh Mandel supports a plan to end Medicare as we know it, the anti-AARP organization 60 Plus used out of work singer Pat Boone to lie about Sherrod Brown’s record of defending Medicare and falsely claim that health reform would cut Medicare and lead to rationing. Once again, PolitiFact Ohio blasted the claim as “not only inaccurate,” but “ridiculous” and rated it “PANTS ON FIRE.” Factcheck.org ripped Pat Boone for “misleading seniors” and stated that 60 Plus was “still wrong on Medicare.”
- The U.S. Chamber’s “Problematic” Attack: The secretly funded Chamber falsely claimed that Sen. Sherrod Brown voted to raise taxes, when in reality he voted to end massive tax breaks for only the 5 biggest oil companies who are enjoying billions in profits while Ohioans struggle with prices at the pump. Factcheck.org called the ad “problematic” and accusing Sherrod of voting for higher energy taxes is “debatable, to say the least.” Factcheck.org concluded that if you asked an economist if taxes would go up because of Sherrod’s vote, they would “generally say no.”
While Josh Mandel continues advocating for an end to Medicare as we know it while refusing to stand up for Ohio’s middle class against Big Oil, his out of state friends are running false and misleading ads about Sherrod Brown—regardless of the fact that they’ve been repeatedly disproven by non-partisan fact-checkers. These ads echo what we already know about Josh Mandel’s numerous debunked attacks against Sherrod Brown—Mandel will say, or do anything to get elected, and his well-funded out of state friends will be there every step of the way.